Benjamin L. Liebman

Benjamin L. Liebman

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Benjamin L. Liebman is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. His research focuses on Chinese courts, Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal procedure, and the impact of popular opinion and populism on the Chinese legal system.

His recent publications include “Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism,” (with Curtis J. Milhaupt), Oxford University Press, 2015, and “Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan,” Berkeley Journal of International Law, 2015.  

Prior to joining the Law School’s faculty in 2002, Liebman was an associate in the London and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter and to Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit.

He is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School.